Study opportunities

Outside of classes and assignments, Deakin's School of Medicine students have plenty of extra career-focused opportunities. Developing our students' practical skills in work environments is a top priority for us, and we also encourage them to form sustainable relationships with our many partners.

Learn in real-world settings

There's a particularly strong emphasis on work-integrated learning at the School of Medicine. In fact, our students spend between 25% and 50% of their time out of the classroom, participating in clinical placements.

We have long-term relationships with the many hospitals, GP clinics and medical imaging practices around rural south-west Victoria who provide these opportunities.

Our optometry students may also have the opportunity to undertake clinical residential placements in almost any region of Australia.

Our accreditations

Graduates of our Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Medical Imaging and Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry are accredited by Ahpra (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).

Medicine and surgery graduates are also eligible for accreditation from AMC (Australian Medical Council).

Immerse yourself in rural communities

Deakin's rural focus is what sets our degrees apart. Our optometry students spend three months of their six-month placement in rural areas. Medical imaging students commence a range of rural placements in their first semester of study, and continue these placements throughout their course.

Those taking the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine complete placements on farms with their tutors.

Our Rural Community Clinical Schools

To provide our Doctor of Medicine students with an immersive rural medicine experience, we've opened 10 Rural Community Clinical Schools (RCCS) sites between Melbourne and the Victoria/South Australia border.

These locations offer on-site accommodation and a broad range of clinical experience opportunities. Students are immersed in the community while being fully supported by Deakin.

Learn more about our clinical schools

Join a student association

As a Deakin student you'll be well supported by student groups MeDUSA (Deakin Medical Student's Association), NOMAD (Deakin's rural health club), DOSS (Deakin Optometry Student Society), and MISA (the Medical Imaging Student's Association).

Groups run social and professional events throughout the year, including BBQs, cocktail nights and MeDUSA's popular MedCamp.

Visit MeDUSA's website

Visit NOMAD's website

Visit DOSS's website

Visit the MISA website

Admission requirements for our Indigenous Entry Stream

The School of Medicine details a number of requirements for admission into the Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Medical Imaging, and Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, and information on how to apply on our Indigenous Entry Stream page.

Find out more about the Indigenous Entry Scheme